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Tea and wine, and the twain shall meet

The synergies of China-Europe relations hold the key to solutions for global problems

During one of his visits to Europe, China's President Xi Jinping referred to tea and wine as beverages symbolising the differences and compatibilities between Chinese and European cultures. Indeed, a cross-civilisation perspective better reflects the new dimension of development of China-Europe relations in recent years.

China and Europe are considered "two major civilisations", as well as "two major markets" and "two major forces" of the world today. According to China's Policy Paper on the European Union published late last year, the third of its kind since 2003, it is imperative to uphold inter-civilisation dialogue to facilitate mutual learning.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 07, 2019, with the headline 'Tea and wine, and the twain shall meet'. Print Edition | Subscribe